Mary O’Brien (left) and Peggy Selby from the Ballina RSL Lighthouse Day Club are concerned that there will be no where large enough to house groups as large as theirs when the Richmond Room in Ballina closes.
Mary O’Brien (left) and Peggy Selby from the Ballina RSL Lighthouse Day Club are concerned that there will be no where large enough to house groups as large as theirs when the Richmond Room in Ballina closes. CATHY ADAMS

Groups to be shown door

A PROPOSAL to close Ballina’s Richmond Room has shocked community groups across the shire.

They say that there will be nowhere else for them to go.

Eight groups and businesses have permanent bookings at the room.

Another 57 casual bookings were made in 2009.

But this week Ballina Shire Council’s facilities committee approved the expansion of the Ballina Library into the popular Richmond Room.

A final decision will be made at the council’s full meeting next week.

The RSL Lighthouse Day Care Club is the largest community group that uses the facility.

Volunteer Mary O’Brien said there was the very real concern that the library expansion could lead to the demise of the group, which has more than 100 members and is the largest day care club in NSW.

“We understand that they want the library to be expanded,” she said.

“But it’s just that there isn’t anywhere really for us to go.

“Our members are elderly people who have been paying their rates and taxes all these years and now they need the community to look after them.

“For a lot of them this is their only day out.”

Cr Sue Meehan, who voted in favour of expanding the library, said it was overcrowded and desperately needed more space.



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